Fort Monroe National Monument

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Fort Monroe National Monument

Fort Monroe National Monument
4.5
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,284 contributions
Interesting and enjoyable visit with sights inside and outside Fort Monroe
Jul 2021
I visited the Fort Monroe National Monument in July 2021. I parked in front of the visitors center. The staff were very helpful and I obtained a map for a self-guided walking tour. You walk into Fort Monroe over a moat and then you pass the main gate. Once inside Fort Monroe, there is a lot to see and many photo ops. Sights inside the fort included 1. Building #17 were Robert E. Lee was stationed as a young officer before the Civil War; 2. The Flagstaff Bastion (I did not get to climb up to the top because there was a large group there and I decided to move on); 3. The Lincoln Gun; 4. The Algernourne Oak; 5. Quarters No. 1 where Abraham Lincoln stayed. I decided to skip the Pet Cemetery because it was a hot day and I did not want to climb up steps. At Quarters No. 1, I exited the fort towards Chesapeake Bay and there were more sights to see including 1. Old Point Lighthouse; 2. a historical marker for the first Africans that landed in Virginia (they are also planning to build a African Landing Memorial); 3. Engineer Wharf where you can see people fishing in Chesapeake Bay and a beautiful view of Norfolk in the distance; 4. a Bandstand / Gazebo; 5. the Chamberlin (an old building). I decided to skip the Water Battery because it was too hot and time for me to head back to my car. I also visited the Fort Monroe Casemate Museum (separate review). I really enjoyed my visit to Fort Monroe and the sights inside the fort and outside the fort with the promenade, beach and beautiful views of Chesapeake Bay.
Written July 16, 2021
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Kate Illinois1
Chicago, Illinois3,370 contributions
Active base
Jun 2021
Great place to explore. We parked near the Casemate Museum and picked up a walking tour map. Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort built in the United States and the only moat-encircled fort remaining in active duty. The fort named for James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, was completion in 1834. The outside walls are 10 feet thick. The casemates in these walls have been used for defense, living quarters, a prison, an officers' club and today a museum. Following the Civil War, Jefferson Davis accused of treason, plotting the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and mistreatment of Union prisoners of war was escorted to a casemate cell. He was released from Fort Monroe a year and a half later. Robert E. Lee was 24 years old while stationed at Fort Monroe. During that time, he married and his first child was born at the fort. "Quarters One" was constructed in 1819. It is one of the oldest buildings on post and the oldest house inside the moat. It served as the Fort Monroe commander's quarters. This is where Abraham Lincoln stay during his visit.
Written June 16, 2021
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Karen C
Calistoga, CA270 contributions
Fun place to step back in time
Apr 2021
Great walk around place to see old architecture as well as the moat, monuments, etc. The museum was closed do to the pandemic, it would have been a great stop, but it wasn't.
Written April 28, 2021
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SHIRLEY
Fort Smith, AR1 contribution
Best 2 years
May 2020 • Family
I was stationed at Ft.Monroe as personal assistant to the Tradoc CSM. Loved Ft.Monroe. Best assignment.
Written April 22, 2021
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Brad W
Winchester, KY315 contributions
Fascinating Historical Fort
Apr 2021
This Civil War era fort is home to almost two centuries of American history. From defending Virginia's coast during the Civil War, to serving as a prison for the president of the defeated Confederate States, to hosting President Lincoln at one point, this fort played a critical role during the war between the states.

Ultimately the fort was used all the way up to World War II, so it also offers some more recent history if that's what you're into.

The location also offers breathtaking views from the shore, and serves as a National Parks Passport Location if you're looking to collect those as well.
Written April 4, 2021
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Jyss
Silver Spring, MD485 contributions
Walk Around the Fort with our dog
Mar 2021
We stayed for a few hours walked around the fort and the beach with our dog. It was cool to walk the fort and drive through the small driveways. There were many dogs walking around. Dogs aren't allowed in building but are on grounds and beach. Parking was easy and it wasn't busy on a Saturday afternoon.
Written March 14, 2021
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,358 contributions
Biggest stone fort in America
Oct 2020
What a splendid day! There is free parking near the Casement Museum and/or Visitors Center and the activity is free! There are walking/driving tour maps near the Casement Museum, which take you to several places of note like Robert E. Lee's residence when he was stationed here, a cool light house, and the Lincoln Gun.
Written October 26, 2020
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Katty W
Houston, TX124 contributions
HISTORY
Jul 2020
We weren't quite sure what to expect. Fort Monroe National Monument was SUPER cool. We walked around from the seawall to the Historical portion and back. We crawled around on the batteries (shhh....not sure we were supposed to). The Lighthouse was a little smaller than I would have expected, even though the Chesapeake isn't the Atlantic. I am really excited to go back when the restoration of Fort Monroe Quarters No. 1
Written July 21, 2020
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Shan S
Hampton, VA19 contributions
Local community
May 2020 • Family
Fort Monroe is successfully transitioning from a military base to a local hang out. The beaches are beautiful. There are a few restaurants, Firehouse coffee is a favorite for coffee and ice cream, the Y is in a hundred year old building, there is a community center with pool, a brewery, and a campground. What kid would not love a fort? The walls are completely intact, the moat still has water, and the parade grounds are nice.
Written July 2, 2020
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Christina O
Norfolk, VA281 contributions
finding american hostory from nearly 1607
May 2020
interesting architecture, good walk, best view, lots to see and explore outside and inside the museum, The whole Fort is worth a long visit.
Written May 16, 2020
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